Sesame Place Responds After Kelly Rowland And Many Others Call Out A Video Where A Character Snubs Black Children
Over at the Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse and his cohorts are diabolically cackling something extra because Disneyland or Disney World is not the theme park getting dragged today. The Sesame Street-themed amusement park Sesame Place in Pennsylvania has been accused of being a fun and happy place to be as long as you’re not a Black child after a video went viral of a character refusing to high-five two Black girls even though the character just high-fived a white girl and woman. And more videos came out. After getting shit from Kelly Rowland and many, many, many, many others, Sesame Place put out two statements that were brought to you by the letters S-P-I-N.
A few days ago, a woman, who goes by the name _jodiii_ on Instagram posted a video from the end of her family’s trip to Sesame Place and it was not a happy ending. The woman’s family is watching the parade when the character Rosita strolls on up to give love to the crowd, and the woman’s daughters make it clear that they’re open to some of that Rosita love. I mean, one of the girls becomes a Journey song by opening her arms for Rosita. But after giving out a couple of high-fives, Rosita waves a finger of no at one person before Rosita seems to see the girls and rejects them with a hand gesture. That Rosita is going to go from Sesame Place to a Special Place in HELL for giving those kids a case of the sads. The girls’ mother also claims that after rejecting her daughters, Rosita hugged a girl next to them. She writes that she let employees know what happened, but they were of no help and didn’t seem to care.
Kelly Rowland went off about the video on her Instagram Stories, as well as many others. But some defended Rosita, saying that maybe the performer didn’t see the girls, or aren’t allowed to hug children, or was doing an overreacting “offended bit” because the girls called Rosita by another character’s name. In Sesame Place’s first response to this, they say that sometimes their performers have trouble seeing with all that shit on their heads and went on to explain that the performer playing Rosita in the clip didn’t mean to ignore the girls and that the “no” hand gestures were in response to a parent asking Rosita to hold their kid for a photo.
Kelly Rowland stayed on Sesame Place’s ass and wasn’t buying that statement, writing in the comments, “Those gorgeous girls will never forget that feeling! THEY ARE KIDS!!!!! You should be ASHAMED of yourselves for this pathetic statement!” And according to activist Leslie Mac, that statement is also brought to you by the letters L-I-E-S, because she heard that Sesame Place never offered the family an invitation to come back and has cut off all e-mail contact with the family, who has lawyered up.
When that first statement flopped, Sesame Place tried again:
That part about inclusive training for their employees may be in response to the internet pulling out more videos:
For those saying “She couldn’t hug the kids” it’s the acknowledgment of the white kids and the ignoring of the black kids. This is unacceptable @SesamePlace many other videos have been posted.
— ✨Mare✨ (@EditsByMare) July 19, 2022
WHAT IS GOING ON AT SESAME PLACE pic.twitter.com/1KBglx6BVb
— mrs. payne (@MadeNChynna) July 19, 2022
Me & Rosita running the fade of you do my baby like this… pic.twitter.com/EXITzYHUyh
— My Hair Longer Than Yours… (@_TheShawn) July 18, 2022
So I’m guessing that at Sesame Place’s offices right now, half of the Muppet intern team are furiously tearing their Muppet fur out while rushing to find clips of characters high-fiving Black children for a damage control ad as the other interns work on a distraction. Expect Sesame Place to put up an Instagram picture of Bert & Ernie with the caption, “Yep, we’re gay, we’re really, really GAY gay gay, now stop talking about that other thing!”
Pic: Wikimedia Commons